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Professor Martin Conway

Director Centre for Memory & Law

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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D216, Rhind Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Prior to joining the Department of Psychology at City University London in 2012, Professor Conway was Head of Department and Director of Research at the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds, 2004-2011; Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Durham, 2001-2004; and Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol, 1994-2001.

He has researched human memory for over 32 years and has published numerous papers, books and other articles, as well as making media contributions to television, radio and newspapers, and giving many public addresses. He takes the public communication of science very seriously and in recent years has given expert advice in the courts, to law societies, to insurance companies and to medical practitioners.

Professor Conway chaired the committee that produced an important report on memory: The British Psychological Society, Research Board (2008) Guidelines on Memory and The Law: Recommendations from the Scientific Study of Human Memory. Leicester: The British Psychological Society. ISBN 978-1-85433-473-2.

Within the memory research community he is most well known for his work on autobiographical memory and memory for the experiences and knowledge of our lives, and has made two influential theoretical contributions in these areas:
• Conway, M.A., & Pleydell-Pearce, C.W. (2000) The construction of autobiographical memories in the self memory system. Psychological Review, 107, 261-288.
• Conway, M.A. (2005). Memory and the self. Journal of Memory and Language, 53(4), 594-628.

In 2008 he was awarded Docteur honoris causa, L'Universite de Liege, Belgium.


Research interests

- Autobiographical memory
- Neuroscience and neuropsychology of memory
- Memory impairments, especially following brain damage and in the elderly
- Memory enhancement
- Control of memory
- Memory and the self
- Memory and culture

PhD supervision

Professor Conway currently has three postgraduate students working with him on memory and future thinking, false memory in legal settings and enhancing memory for everyday events in the elderly.


Books (5)

  1. Collins, A.F., Gathercole, S.E., Conway, M.A. and Morris, P.E. (2019). Theories of memory. ISBN 978-0-86377-290-0.
  2. Howe, M.L., Knott, L.M. and Conway, M.A. (2017). Memory and miscarriages of justice. ISBN 978-1-138-80558-3.
  3. Conway, M.A. (2012). The Nature of Early Memory.
  4. Conway, M.A. (2008). Chapter 1.2 Exploring episodic memory. ISBN 978-0-444-53174-2.
  5. Cohen, G. and Conway, M.A. (2007). Memory in the real world: Third edition. ISBN 978-0-203-93485-2.

Chapters (16)

  1. Conway, M.A. and Rubin, D.C. (2019). The structure of autobiographical memory. Theories of Memory (pp. 103–137). ISBN 978-0-86377-290-0.
  2. Gathercole, S.E., Conway, M.A., Collins, A.F. and Morris, P.E. (2019). The practice of memory. Theories of Memory (pp. 1–10). ISBN 978-0-86377-290-0.
  3. Conway, M.A., Howe, M.L. and Knott, L.M. (2017). Psychology of memory and cognition. Forensic Psychiatry: Fundamentals and Clinical Practice (pp. 63–69). ISBN 978-1-4441-3521-3.
  4. Moulin, C.J.A., Thompson, R.G., Wright, D.B. and Conway, M.A. (2017). Eyewitness Memory in Older Adults. The Handbook of Eyewitness Psychology: Volume I: Memory for Events (pp. 627–646). ISBN 978-0-8058-5151-9.
  5. Conway, M.A. (2013). Ten Things the Law and Others Should Know about Human Memory. Memory and Law ISBN 978-0-19-992075-4.
  6. Wang, Q. and Conway, M.A. (2013). Autobiographical memory, self, and culture. Memory and Society: Psychological Perspectives (pp. 9–28). ISBN 978-0-203-08625-4.
  7. Conway, M.A. (2013). Ten Things the Law and Others Should Know about Human Memory. Memory and Law ISBN 978-0-19-992075-4.
  8. Wang, Q., Conway, M.A., Kulkofsky, S., Hou, Y., Mueller-Johnsond, K., Aydin, C. … Williams, H.L. (2012). The "egocentric" americans? Long-term memory for public events in five countries. Trends in Cognitive Sciences (pp. 183–189). ISBN 978-1-61324-461-6.
  9. Conway, M.A. and Loveday, C. (2010). Accessing Autobiographical Memories. The Act of Remembering: Toward an Understanding of How We Recall the Past (pp. 56–70). ISBN 978-1-4051-8904-0.
  10. Conway, M.A. (2009). Autobiographical Memory and Consciousness. Encyclopedia of Consciousness (pp. 77–82). ISBN 978-0-12-373873-8.
  11. Williams, H.L. and Conway, M.A. (2009). Networks of autobiographical memories. Memory in Mind and Culture (pp. 33–61). ISBN 978-0-521-76078-2.
  12. Williams, H.L., Conway, M.A. and Baddeley, A.D. (2008). The Boundaries of Episodic Memories. Understanding Events: From Perception to Action ISBN 978-0-19-518837-0.
  13. Yonelinas, A.P., Conway, M.A., Koriat, A. and Rajaram, S. (2007). Remembering. Science of Memory: Concepts ISBN 978-0-19-531044-3.
  14. Conway, M.A. and Williams, H.L. (2007). Autobiographical memory. Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference (pp. 893–909). ISBN 978-0-12-370509-9.
  15. Guimond, S., Chatard, A., Branscombe, N.R., Brunot, S., Buunk, A.P., Conway, M.A. … Yzerbyt, V. (2005). Social comparisons across cultures II: Change and stability in self-views – Experimental evidence. Social Comparison and Social Psychology: Understanding Cognition, Intergroup Relations, and Culture (pp. 318–344). ISBN 978-0-521-84593-9.
  16. Sanitioso, R.B., Conway, M.A. and Brunot, S. (2005). Autobiographical memory, the self, and comparison processes. Social Comparison and Social Psychology: Understanding Cognition, Intergroup Relations, and Culture (pp. 55–75). ISBN 978-0-521-84593-9.

Conference paper/proceedings

  1. Conway, M.A. (2001). Sensory-perceptual episodic memory and its context: Autobiographical memory.

Journal articles (138)

  1. Aydin, C. and Conway, M.A. (2020). Cultural self-goals influence how much is remembered from early childhood events. Journal of Personality, 88(4), pp. 794–805. doi:10.1111/jopy.12527.
  2. Muzzulini, B., Tinti, C., Conway, M.A., Testa, S. and Schmidt, S. (2020). Flashbulb memory: referring back to Brown and Kulik’s definition. Memory, 28(6), pp. 766–782. doi:10.1080/09658211.2020.1778035.
  3. Selwood, A., Bennett, J., Conway, M.A., Loveday, C. and Kuchelmeister, V. (2020). Mnemoscape: Supporting Older Adults' Event Memory Using Wearable Camera Photographs on an Immersive Interface. Gerontology, 66(4), pp. 371–381. doi:10.1159/000505848.
  4. Loveday, C., Woy, A. and Conway, M.A. (2020). Author accepted manuscript: The Self-Defining Period in Autobiographical Memory: Evidence from a Long-running Radio Show. Quarterly journal of experimental psychology (2006). doi:10.1177/1747021820940300.
  5. Mair, A., Poirier, M. and Conway, M.A. (2019). Memory for staged events: Supporting older and younger adults’ memory with sensecam. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72(4), pp. 717–728. doi:10.1177/1747021818765038.
  6. Marsh, L., Edginton, T., Conway, M.A. and Loveday, C. (2019). Positivity bias in past and future episodic thinking: Relationship with anxiety, depression, and retrieval-induced forgetting. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72(3), pp. 508–522. doi:10.1177/1747021818758620.
  7. Islam, A., Sheppard, E., Conway, M.A. and Haque, S. (2019). Autobiographical memory of war veterans: A mixed-studies systematic review. Memory Studies. doi:10.1177/1750698019863152.
  8. Akhtar, S., Justice, L.V., Morrison, C.M., Conway, M.A. and Howe, M.L. (2019). What Are Autobiographical Memories? A Reply to Bauer, Baker-Ward, Krøjgaard, Peterson, and Wang (2019). Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/0956797619868994.
  9. Brandt, K.R., Conway, M.A., James, A. and von Oertzen, T.J. (2018). Déjà vu and the entorhinal cortex: dissociating recollective from familiarity disruptions in a single case patient. Memory. doi:10.1080/09658211.2018.1543436.
  10. Akhtar, S., Justice, L.V., Morrison, C.M. and Conway, M.A. (2018). Fictional First Memories. Psychological Science, 29(10), pp. 1612–1619. doi:10.1177/0956797618778831.
  11. Conway, M. (2018). Lifetime achievement. Psychologist, 31(10), p. 20.
  12. Akhtar, S., Justice, L.V., Knott, L., Kibowski, F. and Conway, M.A. (2018). The ‘common sense’ memory belief system and its implications. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 22(3), pp. 289–304. doi:10.1177/1365712718784045.
  13. Justice, L.V., Morrison, C.M. and Conway, M.A. (2018). Intentionally fabricated autobiographical memories. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(2), pp. 449–454. doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1254262.
  14. Howe, M.L. and Conway, M.A. (2018). Keeping up with the times at Memory. Memory, 26(1), p. 1. doi:10.1080/09658211.2017.1373886.
  15. Streb, M., Conway, M.A. and Michael, T. (2017). Conditioned responses to trauma reminders: How durable are they over time and does memory integration reduce them? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 57, pp. 88–95. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2017.04.005.
  16. Akhtar, S., Justice, L.V., Loveday, C. and Conway, M.A. (2017). Switching memory perspective. Consciousness and Cognition, 56, pp. 50–57. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2017.10.006.
  17. Hohl, K. and Conway, M.A. (2017). Memory as evidence: How normal features of victim memory lead to the attrition of rape complaints. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 17(3), pp. 248–265. doi:10.1177/1748895816668937.
  18. Mair, A., Poirier, M. and Conway, M.A. (2017). Supporting older and younger adults’ memory for recent everyday events: A prospective sampling study using SenseCam. Consciousness and Cognition, 49, pp. 190–202. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2017.02.008.
  19. Conway, M.A., Pothos, E.M. and Turk, D.J. (2016). The self-relevance system? Cognitive Neuroscience, 7(1-4), pp. 20–21. doi:10.1080/17588928.2015.1075484.
  20. Conway, M. (2016). Brexit and flashbulb memories. Psychologist, 29(8), p. 594.
  21. Conway, M.A., Loveday, C. and Cole, S.N. (2016). The remembering–imagining system. Memory Studies, 9(3), pp. 256–265. doi:10.1177/1750698016645231.
  22. Cole, S.N., Morrison, C.M., Barak, O., Pauly-Takacs, K. and Conway, M.A. (2016). Amnesia and future thinking: Exploring the role of memory in the quantity and quality of episodic future thoughts. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 55(2), pp. 206–224. doi:10.1111/bjc.12094.
  23. Howe, M.L. and Conway, M.A. (2016). Expansion at Memory. Memory, 24(1), p. 1. doi:10.1080/09658211.2016.1104800.
  24. Turk, D.J., Gillespie-Smith, K., Krigolson, O.E., Havard, C., Conway, M.A. and Cunningham, S.J. (2015). Selfish learning: The impact of self-referential encoding on children's literacy attainment. Learning and Instruction, 40, pp. 54–60. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2015.08.001.
  25. Conway, M.A. and Loveday, C. (2015). Remembering, imagining, false memories & personal meanings. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, pp. 574–581. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2014.12.002.
  26. Howe, M.L. and Conway, M.A. (2015). Growth and change at Memory. Memory, 23(3), p. 317. doi:10.1080/09658211.2015.1009719.
  27. Szőllősi, Á., Keresztes, A., Conway, M.A. and Racsmány, M. (2015). A diary after dinner: How the time of event recording influences later accessibility of diary events. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(11), pp. 2119–2124. doi:10.1080/17470218.2015.1058403.
  28. Singer, J.A. and Conway, M.A. (2014). The varieties of remembered experience: Moving memory beyond the bounded self. Memory Studies, 7(3), pp. 385–392. doi:10.1177/1750698014530626.
  29. Jobson, L., Moradi, A.R., Rahimi-Movaghar, V., Conway, M.A. and Dalgleish, T. (2014). Culture and the remembering of trauma. Clinical Psychological Science, 2(6), pp. 696–713. doi:10.1177/2167702614529763.
  30. Wells, C., Morrison, C.M. and Conway, M.A. (2014). Adult recollections of childhood memories: What details can be recalled? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(7), pp. 1249–1261. doi:10.1080/17470218.2013.856451.
  31. Conway, M.A., Morrison, C.M. and Justice, L.V. (2014). Memory - From zeal to fantasy. Psychologist, 27(10), pp. 723–724.
  32. Conway, M.A., Justice, L.V. and Morrison, C.M. (2014). Beliefs about autobiographical memory. Psychologist, 27(7), pp. 502–505.
  33. Cole, S.N., Morrison, C.M. and Conway, M.A. (2013). Episodic future thinking: Linking neuropsychological performance with episodic detail in young and old adults. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(9), pp. 1687–1706. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.758157.
  34. Howe, M.L. and Conway, M.A. (2013). Memory and the law: Insights from case studies. Memory, 21(5), pp. 545–546. doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.806045.
  35. Howe, M.L. and Conway, M.A. (2013). Introduction to Special Issue Memory and the law: Insights from case studies. MEMORY, 21(5), pp. 545–546. doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.806045.
  36. Justice, L.V., Morrison, C.M. and Conway, M.A. (2013). True and intentionally fabricated memories. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(6), pp. 1196–1203. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.734832.
  37. Conway, M.A. (2013). On being a memory expert witness: Three cases. Memory, 21(5), pp. 566–575. doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.794241.
  38. Turk, D.J., Brady-van den Bos, M., Collard, P., Gillespie-Smith, K., Conway, M.A. and Cunningham, S.J. (2013). Divided attention selectively impairs memory for self-relevant information. Memory and Cognition, 41(4), pp. 503–510. doi:10.3758/s13421-012-0279-0.
  39. Howe, M.L. and Conway, M.A. (2013). Losses and gains at Memory. Memory, 21(3), p. 285. doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.782697.
  40. Conway, M.A. and Howe, M. (2013). Memory and the law: Insights from case studies. Memory, 21.
  41. Williams, H.L., Conway, M.A. and Moulin, C.J.A. (2013). Remembering and Knowing: Using another's subjective report to make inferences about memory strength and subjective experience. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(2), pp. 572–588. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2013.03.009.
  42. Cole, S.N., Gill, N.C.L., Conway, M.A. and Morrison, C.M. (2012). Mental time travel: Effects of trial duration on episodic and semantic content. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(12), pp. 2288–2296. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.740053.
  43. Racsmány, M., Conway, M.A., Keresztes, A. and Krajcsi, A. (2012). Inhibition and interference in the think/no-think task. Memory and Cognition, 40(2), pp. 168–176. doi:10.3758/s13421-011-0144-6.
  44. Janssen, S.M.J., Rubin, D. and Conway, M. (2012). The reminiscence bump in the temporal distribution of the best football players of all time: Pelé, Cruijff or Maradona? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(1), pp. 165–178. doi:10.1080/17470218.2011.606372.
  45. Bennouna-Greene, M., Berna, F., Conway, M.A., Rathbone, C.J., Vidailhet, P. and Danion, J.M. (2012). Self-images and related autobiographical memories in schizophrenia. Consciousness and Cognition, 21(1), pp. 247–257. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2011.10.006.
  46. Curci, A. and Conway, M.A. (2012). Playing the flashbulb memory game: A comment on Cubelli and Della Sala. Cortex, 49(1), pp. 352–355. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2012.05.004.
  47. Loveday, C. and Conway, M.A. (2011). Using SenseCam with an amnesic patient: Accessing inaccessible everyday memories. Memory, 19(7), pp. 697–704. doi:10.1080/09658211.2011.610803.
  48. Jacques, P.L.S., Conway, M.A. and Cabeza, R. (2011). Gender differences in autobiographical memory for everyday events: Retrieval elicited by SenseCam images versus verbal cues. Memory, 19(7), pp. 723–732. doi:10.1080/09658211.2010.516266.
  49. Rathbone, C.J., Conway, M.A. and Moulin, C.J.A. (2011). Remembering and imagining: The role of the self. Consciousness and Cognition, 20(4), pp. 1175–1182. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2011.02.013.
  50. Singer, J.A. and Conway, M.A. (2011). Reconsidering therapeutic action: Loewald, cognitive neuroscience and the integration of memory's duality. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 92(5), pp. 1183–1207. doi:10.1111/j.1745-8315.2011.00415.x.
  51. Berna, F., Bennouna-Greene, M., Potheegadoo, J., Verry, P., Conway, M.A. and Danion, J.M. (2011). Impaired ability to give a meaning to personally significant events in patients with schizophrenia. Consciousness and Cognition, 20(3), pp. 703–711. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2010.12.004.
  52. Berna, F., Bennouna-Greene, M., Potheegadoo, J., Verry, P., Conway, M.A. and Danion, J.M. (2011). Self-defining memories related to illness and their integration into the self in patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 189(1), pp. 49–54. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2011.03.006.
  53. Kulkofsky, S., Wang, Q., Conway, M.A., Hou, Y., Aydin, C., Mueller-Johnson, K. … Williams, H. (2011). Cultural variation in the correlates of flashbulb memories: An investigation in five countries. Memory, 19(3), pp. 233–240. doi:10.1080/09658211.2010.551132.
  54. Jacques, P.S., Conway, M.A., Lowder, M.W. and Cabeza, R. (2011). Watching My Mind Unfold versus Yours: An fMRI Study Using a Novel Camera Technology to Examine Neural Differences in Self-projection of Self versus Other Perspectives. J. Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, pp. 1275–1284.
  55. Morrison, C.M. and Conway, M.A. (2010). First words and first memories. Cognition, 116(1), pp. 23–32. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2010.03.011.
  56. Smith, S.J., Souchay, C. and Conway, M.A. (2010). Overgeneral autobiographical memory in Parkinson's disease. Cortex, 46(6), pp. 787–793. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2009.08.006.
  57. van den Bos, M., Cunningham, S.J., Conway, M.A. and Turk, D.J. (2010). Mine to remember: The impact of ownership on recollective experience. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(6), pp. 1065–1071. doi:10.1080/17470211003770938.
  58. Racsmány, M., Conway, M.A. and Demeter, G. (2010). Consolidation of episodic memories during sleep: Long-term effects of retrieval practice. Psychological Science, 21(1), pp. 80–85. doi:10.1177/0956797609354074.
  59. Smith, S.J., Souchay, C. and Conway, M.A. (2009). Improving metamemory in ageing and Parkinson's disease. Age and Ageing, 39(1), pp. 116–119. doi:10.1093/ageing/afp188.
  60. Dewhurst, S.A., Conway, M.A. and Brandt, K.R. (2009). Tracking the R-to-K shift: Changes in memory awareness across repeated tests. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23(6), pp. 849–858. doi:10.1002/acp.1517.
  61. Rathbone, C.J., Moulin, C.J.A. and Conway, M.A. (2009). Autobiographical memory and amnesia: Using conceptual knowledge to ground the self. Neurocase, 15(5), pp. 405–418. doi:10.1080/13554790902849164.
  62. Conway, M.A. (2009). Episodic memories. Neuropsychologia, 47(11), pp. 2305–2313. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.02.003.
  63. Horton, C.L., Moulin, C.J.A. and Conway, M.A. (2009). The self and dreams during a period of transition. Consciousness and Cognition, 18(3), pp. 710–717. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2009.07.001.
  64. Rathbone, C.J., Moulin, C.J.A. and Conway, M.A. (2008). Self-centered memories: The reminiscence bump and the self. Memory and Cognition, 36(8), pp. 1403–1414. doi:10.3758/MC.36.8.1403.
  65. Souchay, C., Moulin, C.J.A., Isingrini, M. and Conway, M.A. (2008). Rehearsal strategy use in Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25(6), pp. 783–797. doi:10.1080/02643290802338182.
  66. Singer, J.A. and Conway, M.A. (2008). Should we forget forgetting? Memory Studies, 1(3), pp. 279–285. doi:10.1177/1750698008093793.
  67. Racsmány, M., Conway, M.A., Garab, E.A., Cimmer, C., Janka, Z., Kurimay, T. … Szendi, I. (2008). Disrupted memory inhibition in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 101(1-3), pp. 218–224. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2008.01.002.
  68. Racsḿny, M., Conway, M.A., Garab, E.A. and Nagyḿt́, G. (2008). Memory awareness following episodic inhibition. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(4), pp. 525–534. doi:10.1080/17470210701728750.
  69. Fotopoulou, A., Conway, M.A., Solms, M., Tyrer, S. and Kopelman, M. (2008). Self-serving confabulation in prose recall. Neuropsychologia, 46(5), pp. 1429–1441. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.12.030.
  70. Burt, C.D.B., Kemp, S. and Conway, M. (2008). Ordering the components of autobiographical events. Acta Psychologica, 127(1), pp. 36–45. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2006.12.007.
  71. Fotopoulou, A., Conway, M.A., Tyrer, S., Birchall, D., Griffiths, P. and Solms, M. (2008). Is the content of confabulation positive? An experimental study. Cortex, 44(7), pp. 764–772. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2007.03.001.
  72. Conway, M. (2007). Research on the internet - Guidelines [9]. Psychologist, 20(9), p. 536.
  73. Erskine, J.A.K., Kvavilashvili, L., Conway, M.A. and Myers, L. (2007). The effects of age on psychopathology, well-being and repressive coping. Aging and Mental Health, 11(4), pp. 394–404. doi:10.1080/13607860600963737.
  74. Fotopoulou, A., Conway, M.A. and Solms, M. (2007). Confabulation: Motivated reality monitoring. Neuropsychologia, 45(10), pp. 2180–2190. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.03.003.
  75. Barnier, A.J., Conway, M.A., Mayoh, L., Speyer, J., Avizmil, O. and Harris, C.B. (2007). Directed forgetting of recently recalled autobiographical memories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 136(2), pp. 301–322. doi:10.1037/0096-3445.136.2.301.
  76. Fotopoulou, A., Conway, M., Griffiths, P., Birchall, D. and Tyrer, S. (2007). Self-enhancing confabulation: Revisiting the motivational hypothesis. Neurocase, 13(1), pp. 6–15. doi:10.1080/13554790601160566.
  77. Cuervo-Lombard, C., Jovenin, N., Hedelin, G., Rizzo-Peter, L., Conway, M.A. and Danion, J.M. (2007). Autobiographical memory of adolescence and early adulthood events: An investigation in schizophrenia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13(2), pp. 335–343. doi:10.1017/S135561770707035X.
  78. Racsmány, M. and Conway, M.A. (2006). Episodic inhibition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 32(1), pp. 44–57. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.32.1.44.
  79. Conway, M.A., Wang, Q.I., Hanyu, K. and Haque, S. (2005). A cross-cultural investigation of autobiographical memory on the universality and cultural variation of the reminiscence bump. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36(6), pp. 739–749. doi:10.1177/0022022105280512.
  80. Moulin, C.J.A., Conway, M.A., Thompson, R.G., James, N. and Jones, R.W. (2005). Disordered memory awareness: Recollective confabulation in two cases of persistent déjà vecu. Neuropsychologia, 43(9), pp. 1362–1378. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2004.12.008.
  81. Conway, M.A. (2005). Memory and the self. Journal of Memory and Language, 53(4), pp. 594–628. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2005.08.005.
  82. Conway, M.A., Singer, J.A. and Tagini, A. (2004). The self and autobiographical memory: Correspondence and coherence. Social Cognition, 22(5), pp. 491–529. doi:10.1521/soco.22.5.491.50768.
  83. Wang, Q. and Conway, M.A. (2004). The stories we keep: Autobiographical memory in American and Chinese middle-aged adults. Journal of Personality, 72(5), pp. 911–938. doi:10.1111/j.0022-3506.2004.00285.x.
  84. Burt, C.D.B., Kemp, S. and Conway, M. (2004). Memory for true and false autobiographical event descriptions. Memory, 12(5), pp. 545–552. doi:10.1080/09658210344000071.
  85. Thompson, R.G., Moulin, C.J.A., Conway, M.A. and Jones, R.W. (2004). Persistent Déjà vu: A disorder of memory. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19(9), pp. 906–907. doi:10.1002/gps.1177.
  86. Conway, M.A., Meares, K. and Standart, S. (2004). Images and goals. Memory, 12(4), pp. 525–531. doi:10.1080/09658210444000151.
  87. Conway, M.A. and Holmes, A. (2004). Psychosocial stages and the accessibility of autobiographical memories across the life cycle. Journal of Personality, 72(3), pp. 461–480. doi:10.1111/j.0022-3506.2004.00269.x.
  88. Barnier, A.J., Hung, L. and Conway, M.A. (2004). Retrieval-induced forgetting of emotional and unemotional autobiographical memories. Cognition and Emotion, 18(4), pp. 457–477. doi:10.1080/0269993034000392.
  89. Thompson, R.G., Moulin, C.J.A., Ridel, G.L., Hayre, S., Conway, M.A. and Jones, R.W. (2004). Recall of 9.11 in Alzheimer's disease: Further evidence for intact flashbulb memory. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19(5), pp. 495–496. doi:10.1002/gps.1080.
  90. Fotopoulou, A. and Conway, M.A. (2004). Commentary on “the pleasantness of false beliefs”. Neuropsychoanalysis, 6(1), pp. 26–33. doi:10.1080/15294145.2004.10773436.
  91. Conway, M.A. (2003). Cognitive-affective mechanisms and processes in autobiographical memory. Memory, 11(2), pp. 217–224. doi:10.1080/741938205.
  92. Conway, M.A. and Fthenaki, A. (2003). Disruption of inhibitory control of memory following lesions to the frontal and temporal lobes. Cortex, 39(4-5), pp. 667–686. doi:10.1016/S0010-9452(08)70859-1.
  93. Burt, C.D.B., Kemp, S. and Conway, M.A. (2003). Themes, events, and episodes in autobiographical memory. Memory and Cognition, 31(2), pp. 317–325. doi:10.3758/BF03194390.
  94. Conway, M.A., Pleydell-Pearce, C.W., Whitecross, S.E. and Sharpe, H. (2003). Neurophysiological correlates of memory for experienced and imagined events. Neuropsychologia, 41(3), pp. 334–340. doi:10.1016/S0028-3932(02)00165-3.
  95. Gathercole, S.E. and Conway, M.A. (2002). Editorial. Memory, 10(2), pp. 81–82. doi:10.1080/09658210143000434.
  96. Perfect, T.J., Conway, M.A., Moulin, C.J.A. and Perry, E. (2002). Assessing the Inhibitory Account of Retrieval-Induced Forgetting with Implicit-Memory Tests. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 28(6), pp. 1111–1119. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.28.6.1111.
  97. Moulin, C.J.A., Perfect, T.J., Conway, M.A., North, A.S., Jones, R.W. and James, N. (2002). Retrieval-induced forgetting in Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychologia, 40(7), pp. 862–867. doi:10.1016/S0028-3932(01)00168-3.
  98. Conway, M.A., Pleydell-Pearce, C.W., Whitecross, S. and Sharpe, H. (2002). Brain imaging autobiographical memory. Psychology of Learning and Motivation - Advances in Research and Theory, 41, pp. 229–263. doi:10.1016/s0079-7421(02)80008-1.
  99. Baddeley, A., Aggleton, J. and Conway, M. (2001). Episodic memory: Preface. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 356(1413), p. 1343. doi:10.1098/rstb.2001.1045.
  100. Conway, M.A. (2001). Repression revisited. Nature, 410(6826), pp. 319–320. doi:10.1038/35066672.
  101. Haque, S. and Conway, M.A. (2001). Sampling the process of autobiographical memory construction. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 13(4), pp. 529–547. doi:10.1080/09541440125757.
  102. Conway, M.A., Dewhurst, S.A., Pearson, N. and Sapute, A. (2001). The Self and Recollection Reconsidered: How a 'Failure to Replicate' Failed and Why Trace Strength Accounts of Recollection are Untenable. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 15(6), pp. 673–686. doi:10.1002/acp.740.
  103. Carroll, M., Davis, R. and Conway, M. (2001). The effects of self-reference on recognition and source attribution. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53(3), pp. 140–145. doi:10.1080/00049530108255136.
  104. Conway, M.A., Pleydell-Pearce, C.W. and Whitecross, S.E. (2001). The neuroanatomy of autobiographical memory: A slow cortical potential study of autobiographical memory retrieval. Journal of Memory and Language, 45(3), pp. 493–524. doi:10.1006/jmla.2001.2781.
  105. Burt, C.D.B., Kemp, S. and Conway, M. (2001). What happens if you retest autobiographical memory 10 years on? Memory and Cognition, 29(1), pp. 127–136. doi:10.3758/BF03195747.
  106. Conway, M.A., Harries, K., Noyes, J., Racsma'Ny, M. and Frankish, C.R. (2000). The Disruption and Dissolution of Directed Forgetting: Inhibitory Control of Memory. Journal of Memory and Language, 43(3), pp. 409–430. doi:10.1006/jmla.2000.2706.
  107. Conway, M.A. and Pleydell-Pearce, C.W. (2000). The construction of autobiographical memories in the self-memory system. Psychological Review, 107(2), pp. 261–288. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.107.2.261.
  108. Burt, C.D.B., Kemp, S., Grady, J.M. and Conway, M. (2000). Ordering autobiographical experiences. Memory, 8(5), pp. 323–332. doi:10.1080/09658210050117744.
  109. Conway, M.A. and Haque, S. (1999). Overshadowing the Reminiscence Bump: Memories of a Struggle for Independence. Journal of Adult Development, 6(1), pp. 35–44. doi:10.1023/A:1021672208155.
  110. Holmes, A. and Conway, M.A. (1999). Generation Identity and the Reminiscence Bump: Memory for Public and Private Events. Journal of Adult Development, 6(1), pp. 21–34. doi:10.1023/A:1021620224085.
  111. Conway, M.A., Turk, D.J., Miller, S.L., Logan, J., Nebes, R.D., Meltzer, C.C. … Becker, J.T. (1999). A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Study of Autobiographical Memory Retrieval. Memory, 7(5-6), pp. 679–703. doi:10.1080/096582199387805.
  112. Burt, C.D.B., Watt, S.C., Mitchell, D.A. and Conway, M.A. (1998). Retrieving the Sequence of Autobiographical Event Components. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 12(4), pp. 321–338. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1099-0720(199808)12:43.0.CO;2-4.
  113. Conway, M.A., Bruce, D. and Sehulster, J.R. (1998). New Directions in Autobiographical Memory Research. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 12(4), pp. 297–303. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1099-0720(199808)12:43.0.CO;2-X.
  114. Larsen, S.F. and Conway, M.A. (1997). Reconstructing Dates of True and False Autobiographical Memories. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 9(3), pp. 259–272. doi:10.1080/713752560.
  115. Conway, M.A., Perfect, T.J., Anderson, S.J., Gardiner, J.M. and Cohen, G.M. (1997). Changes in Memory Awareness during Learning: The Acquisition of Knowledge by Psychology Undergraduates. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 126(4), pp. 393–413. doi:10.1037/0096-3445.126.4.393.
  116. Conway, M.A., Collins, A.F., Gathercole, S.E. and Anderson, S.J. (1996). Recollections of True and False Autobiographical Memories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 125(1), pp. 69–95. doi:10.1037/0096-3445.125.1.69.
  117. Conway, M.A. and Tacchi, P.C. (1996). Motivated confabulation. Neurocase, 2(4), pp. 325–339. doi:10.1080/13554799608402406.
  118. Conway, M.A. and Dewhurst, S.A. (1995). Remembering, Familiarity, and Source Monitoring. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A, 48(1), pp. 125–140. doi:10.1080/14640749508401380.
  119. Conway, M.A. and Dewhurst, S.A. (1995). The self and recollective experience. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 9(1), pp. 1–19. doi:10.1002/acp.2350090102.
  120. Cohen, G., Conway, M.A. and Maylor, E.A. (1994). Flashbulb memories in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 9(3), pp. 454–463. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.9.3.454.
  121. Conway, M.A., Anderson, S.J., Larsen, S.F., Donnelly, C.M., McDaniel, M.A., McClelland, A.G.R. … Logie, R.H. (1994). The formation of flashbulb memories. Memory & Cognition, 22(3), pp. 326–343. doi:10.3758/BF03200860.
  122. Dewhurst, S.A. and Conway, M.A. (1994). Pictures, Images, and Recollective Experience. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 20(5), pp. 1088–1098. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.20.5.1088.
  123. Gathercole, S.E. and Conway, M.A. (1993). Editorial. Memory, 1(1), pp. 1–2. doi:10.1080/09658219308258221.
  124. Stanhope, N., Cohen, G. and Conway, M. (1993). Very long‐term retention of a novel. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 7(3), pp. 239–256. doi:10.1002/acp.2350070308.
  125. Conway, M.A. (1993). Method and meaning in memory research. Advances in Psychology, 100(C), pp. 499–524. doi:10.1016/S0166-4115(08)61124-3.
  126. Anderson, S.J. and Conway, M.A. (1993). Investigating the Structure of Autobiographical Memories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 19(5), pp. 1165–1177. doi:10.1037//0278-7393.19.5.1178.
  127. Conway, M.A., Cohen, G. and Stanhope, N. (1992). Very long‐term memory for knowledge acquired at school and university. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 6(6), pp. 467–482. doi:10.1002/acp.2350060603.
  128. Conway, M.A., Cohen, G. and Stanhope, N. (1992). Why Is It That University Grades Do Not Predict Very-Long-Term Retention? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 121(3), pp. 382–384. doi:10.1037/0096-3445.121.3.382.
  129. Conway, M.A., Kahney, H., Bruce, K. and Duce, H. (1991). Chapter 12 Imaging objects, routines, and locations. Advances in Psychology, 80(C), pp. 171–182. doi:10.1016/S0166-4115(08)60512-9.
  130. Conway, M.A. (1991). In Defense of Everyday Memory. American Psychologist, 46(1), pp. 19–26. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.46.1.19.
  131. Conway, M.A., Cohen, G. and Stanhope, N. (1991). On the Very Long-Term Retention of Knowledge Acquired Through Formal Education: Twelve Years of Cognitive Psychology. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 120(4), pp. 395–409. doi:10.1037/0096-3445.120.4.395.
  132. Conway, M.A. and Gathercole, S.E. (1990). Writing and Long-term Memory: Evidence for a “Translation” Hypothesis. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A, 42(3), pp. 513–527. doi:10.1080/14640749008401235.
  133. Conway, M.A. (1990). Associations Between Autobiographical Memories and Concepts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 16(5), pp. 799–812. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.16.5.799.
  134. Gathercole, S.E. and Conway, M.A. (1988). Exploring long-term modality effects: Vocalization leads to best retention. Memory & Cognition, 16(2), pp. 110–119. doi:10.3758/BF03213478.
  135. Conway, M.A. and Bekerian, D.A. (1987). Situational knowledge and emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 1(2), pp. 145–191. doi:10.1080/02699938708408044.
  136. Conway, M.A. and Bekerian, D.A. (1987). Organization in autobiographical memory. Memory & Cognition, 15(2), pp. 119–132. doi:10.3758/BF03197023.
  137. Conway, M.A. and Gathercole, S.E. (1987). Modality and long-term memory. Journal of Memory and Language, 26(3), pp. 341–361. doi:10.1016/0749-596X(87)90118-5.
  138. Conway, M.A. (1987). Verifying autobiographical facts. Cognition, 26(1), pp. 39–58. doi:10.1016/0010-0277(87)90013-8.

Other Activities

Other (3)

  1. Chair

    - Research Board of the British Psychological Society, 2006-2009
    - Advisory Committee to the QAA's Learning and Teaching Support Network in Psychology, 2000-2003
    - Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, 1997-2001
    - Cognitive Section of the British Psychological Society, 1996-8


    - ESRC Research Committee 2010-2012
    - ESRC Research Grants Board member 2008-2010
    - Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, 1994-2001, 2002-2004, 2006-2011
    - RAE 2008 Psychology Panel (K44), 2005-2008
    - QAA Benchmarking Group for Psychology 2000-2002
    - ESRC Commissioning Panel for Growing Older Research, 1998
    - ESRC Programme on Extending Quality of Life, 1998
    - Cognitive Section of the British Psychological Society, 1992-6


    - Fellow of the Royal College of Arts, FRAS
    - Fellow of the British Psychology Society, FBPS
    - Fellow of the Psychonomic Society, FPS.
  2. SciArt collaboration

    In recent years Professor Conway has been involved in a variety of highly productive collaborations with artists, including:
    - A collaboration with the poet W. N. Herbert (University of Newcastle), since 2002, as part of the Contemporary Poetry & Contemporary Science Project funded by the SciArts consortium at the Wellcome Trust in London, and by the Arts Council of England. Based on his theory of autobiographical memory, W. N. Herbert wrote a poem titled the "The Working Self", which was published with a commentary from Professor Conway linking the poem to his work. The commentary and poem are currently in press.
    - A collaboration with the installation artist Shona Illingworth as part of a Wellcome Trust SciArt funding scheme managed by the Director of Outreach at the Policy Ethics And Life Sciences Research Institute, Bioscience Centre, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in collaboration with the Northern Print Studio and The Hatton Gallery. Shona Illingworth and Professor Conway produced an installation that expressed current scientific thinking about memory and the brain. This was part of the highly successful 'Memory and Forgetting' show that ran at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle March-May 2003 and subsequently went on tour.
    His collaboration with Shona Illingworth has continued to develop, funded by a joint Arts Council grant, which will lead to a new installation on memory, to a book, and to a new art video. Professor Conway's own contribution is to translate scientific ideas into everyday language and visual forms, which are then interpreted and developed by Shona..
  3. Media work, public communication of science


    Professor Conway has been involved in communicating current understanding and research findings within the field of human memory to the general public, via radio and television. His contributions in this area include participation in BBC Radio 4 programmes such as In Our Time, PM, Woman's Hour and Midweek, as well as BBC 2's One Show on memory (2009). He was the main scientist for Eyewitness, three one-hour programmes on BBC2 which included coverage of YNIC.

    Professor Conway was an advisor to the BBC for its summer 2006 season on memory, which consisted of a series of eight science-based programmes on Radio 4 and The Memory Experience, a 2-hour BBC1 programme shown in August 2006. His role included the design and analysis of an interactive memory website in which the public could log their own personal memories. He presented the findings of the study, which involved approximately 10,000 people, on various BBC radio programmes in 2006 and 2007.

    He is frequently consulted by the print and broadcasting media for advice concerning topics relating to human memory, including the impacts of brain damage, autobiographical memory, and learning.

    Other outreach activities

    Professor Conway has played an active role in providing accessible accounts of psychological research both for the lay public and for other professional groups via public meetings. Contributions include invited public addresses at:
    - John Damien public lecture at The University of Stirling, 2010
    - Royal Society Café Scientifique at the South Bank, 2009
    - 4th International Conference on Memory, Sydney, 2006
    - Royal Institution, 2005
    - Infant Foetal Care Society, 2004
    - Café Scientifique on memory, Newcastle 2003
    - British Advancement of Science meeting in Salford, September, 2003
    - Edinburgh Science Festival, 2003.